Smashing Pumpkins announce huge Wembley date

Smashing Pumpkins have announced a huge one-off UK date at SSE Wembley Arena for later in the year.

Billy Corgan and co will play the historic London venue on 16 October 2018 as part of their Shiny And Oh So Bright reunion tour, which features original members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin.

Billy Corgan appeared on the Howard Stern show earlier this week and talked about D’arcy Wretzky’s absence from the upcoming reunion tour.

He said: “Every time I talked to her on the phone she was absolutely lovely, she was sweet, she said things she’d never said to me, she complimented me… So I’m dealing with somebody who seems to me to be like the grown up version that we are now, so I was thinking, ‘Okay, this is possible.’ But every time I would address logical concerns like, ‘Well you haven’t been on stage in 19 years. You haven’t been in public in 19 years, are you going to be okay with that?’, she would just kind of brush it off.”

Corgan continued later on: “She just didn’t like the way it was set up. I’m not here to talk about that, per se, but it wasn’t unfair,” Corgan said. “It wasn’t ridiculous. Every time I tried to explain the constructs or things involved, she just didn’t want to hear it.”

Later adding: “I know this sounds strange, but I didn’t want to put her in a position where she would look bad or fail. So it was coming from a place of I want to make sure she’s protected in this situation.”

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